the Internet Backbone

Nathan Stratton nathan at
Mon Apr 8 23:22:52 UTC 1996

On Mon, 8 Apr 1996, David ``Joel Katz'' Schwartz wrote:

> On Mon, 8 Apr 1996, Avi Freedman wrote:
> > Now, many 2nd level providers that *could* operate default-free choose
> > not to.  Even if you have three or more sets of 30k+ routes each, it
> > takes balls to risk dropping packets that your customers want you to
> > deliver just so that you can have the packet be dropped at your router
> > instead of at your (possibly backup) transit provider's router.
> >
> > Avi
> 	Can't anyone who takes full routes from any tier 1 provider
> operate without a default route? And isn't it a reasonable assumption


> that if you don't have a route somewhere, odds are they don't have a
> route to you (assuming you do your own BGP routing) and so a default


> route is mostly pointless anyway?

Ok, why look through 30K routes instad of just sending all packets out the

> 	What am I missing?

A lot.

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